‘A fantastically feel-good romantic comedy!’
Today I am joined by the lovely Jane Lambert on tour with her novel The Start of Something Wonderful.
When Jane enquired if I had any ideas on what I would like her to write for Swirl and Thread, I immediately asked if she would share something inspirational with us.
Jane decided to write about the influence of Positive Thoughts in her life so I really do hope you enjoy!!
It’s never too late to follow your dreams…
Forty-year-old air stewardess, Emily Forsyth, thought she had everything a woman could wish for: a glamorous, jet-set lifestyle, a designer wardrobe and a dishy pilot boyfriend. Until he breaks up with her…
Catapulted into a mid-life crisis she wishes she’d had earlier, she decides to turn her life upside-down, quitting her job and instead beginning to chase her long-held dreams of becoming an actress!
Leaving the skies behind her, Emily heads for the bright lights of London’s West End – but is it too late to reach for the stars?
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‘HOW POSITIVE THINKING CHANGED MY LIFE’
At 50 my life fell apart when I discovered my husband was having an affair. With my confidence at an all-time low, my acting career then took a nose dive. I thought I would never feel happiness again. During my painful divorce I found solace in writing, and to my surprise, a romantic comedy began to unfold. Through my novel I was gradually rediscovering my sense of humour and my self-esteem.
With a stronger mental attitude, I signed up to take part in a charity cycle to Paris for the Alzheimer’s Society in memory of my mum. This gave me another focus and the training made me fitter than I had ever been as a younger woman. Cycling down the Champs Elysées towards the Eiffel Tower, it was as if the fog had lifted. I suddenly felt free; as if anything was possible.
I believe that positivity attracts positive energy. Having let go of my acting dream, it then came and found me, as I fulfilled my ambition of performing in London’s West End in Deathtrap, The Curious Incident of the Dog in The Night-time, and most recently, in Gary Barlow’s musical, The Girls.
During my off-stage time I revised and polished my novel and sent it to numerous agents and publishers. Replies were rare and mainly negative. I therefore took matters into my own hands and published through Amazon KDP and Create Space.
Holding my book in my hand was another turning-point: it signified the new, strong, independent me.
I was invited to talk about my writing journey at Blackwell’s Writers at The Edinburgh Fringe, on BBC Radio London and Spirit & Destiny ran a feature about how positive thinking had set me on a new, better path.
However, I still dreamed of finding a traditional publisher, and when HQ Harper Collins offered me a book deal I thought I was dreaming.
Their involvement has given me the confidence to crack on with my second book and to adapt my original manuscript into a 6-part comedy drama for TV.
So you see, some things – even bad things – can happen for a reason, and in my case this is true: had my husband not betrayed me I would not have written my book, cycled to Paris or be as confident and fulfilled as I am today. Good things can be born from unhappy situations.
To all the dreamers out there, the message behind The Start of Something Wonderful is this: let go of the clutter of negative feelings, believe in yourself and have a go – you never know where the unknown path may lead.
Jane travelled the world as cabin crew before making the life-changing decision to become an actress. She has appeared in Calendar Girls, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and Deathtrap in London’s West End.
The Start of Something Wonderful (originally published as Learning to Fly) is her debut novel.
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